Looking for a fling, fellows? Then wrestle a lion, sword fight with a pirate...or perhaps just give yourself a swipe on your face: a study shows women are attracted to scars when looking for short-term relationships.
Love Buzz recently reported that romantic love lasts an average of two years, six months and 25 days. While assigning the enchantment phase an exact number might be a bit absurd the idea that new relationship energy doesn't last is old news. Anyone who's been in a long-term relationship knows that the crazyfranticloveglow eventually fades. Or so we thought. Apparently some couples stay madly in love for more than 20 years, and science has proof.
Work stress got you down? Monday blues getting the best of you? There may be a cure: more cuddling! According to a new study, couples that express intimacy, be it through snuggling, kissing or sex, have lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. The study supports past research that's found that married people are generally healthier than singletons (and we're not just talking health-care benefits) and that women who are in bad relationships have weaker immune systems.
The New York Times has a piece about infidelity up today. They story cites the familiar fact that it's hard to get good data on infidelity because in face-to-face interviews respondents are less likely to admit to infidelity, and women's magazine survey takers are self-selecting, making infidelity seem more prevalent than it really is. According to the Times, most reliable infidelity stats come from the General Social Survey, which uses a national representative sample and has been going since 1972. Overall infidelity rates have been pretty consistent—from year to year about 7 percent of women and 12 percent of men say they have had sex outside their marriage. But infidelity actually is up in older and younger people. Between 1991 and 2006 infidelity in men and women over 60 increased from 20 to 28% and 5 to 15%, respectively. For people under 35 the numbers in 1991 were 15% for men and 12% in women, and in 2006 had risen to 20% for men and 15% for women.
Researchers explain that men see so much female skin during the summer months that they become more selective and critical of what qualifies as attractive. But, during the winter, with skin hidden under layers of clothing, a bare shoulder or chest is more of a rarity and therefore more appealing. In most societies, our faces are on view year-round, and the participants attraction ratings to the female head shots remained unchanged from season to season.
According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, in 1979 researchers at the University of Florida asked over 12,000 men and women between the ages of 14 and 22 about their opinions on "traditional" and "untraditional" roles for women. (Of course, middle- and lower-class women have always worked a job or two, in addition to raising kids, but still the idea that it is "tradition" for women to be stay-at-home moms persists.) Researchers checked in with their study subjects three times in the ensuing two decades and found that men, more often then women, held "traditional" ideas about women working outside the home but also that these men tended to earn more. The (slightly) good news? Women with "untraditional" views earn $1,500 more than women with "traditional" views, but that's a small consolation. (That's, like, one new MacBook laptop.)
Researchers in England have shown what generations of college students have always known: beer goggles exist. Scientists compared people who downed vodka, wine and beer to those who didn't drink any hooch, and found that the imbibers thought people were more attractive after they drank.
If you've ever felt an attraction to someone whom you've only heard and never actually seen, it may be because our senses are trained to pick up a potential mate's genetic health and reproductive fitness reflected in the symmetry of one's body via the sound of his/her voice. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, participants listened to previously recorded voices and rated their levels of attractiveness according to nine traits, including approachability, intelligence, sexiness and warmth. The group concluded that men whose voices ranked as most approachable, intelligent, sexy and warm and women whose voices were deemed most approachable, sexy and as most likely to get dates were the most attractive overall.
Call it the new mullet. The in-between facial-hair grooming trend look has women swooning, according to a new study reported in The Telegraph. Stubble is more attractive to women clean-shaven faces or full beards, finds a new study from Northumbria University that will be published in the journal "Personality and Individual Differences."
A recent study showed that there are more single women in the US than ever before. Why is this (outside of population growth)? The reasons and rationales are numerous but two leading theories are that financial independence has made women more choosy and we, as Americans, are becoming narcissists. In addition, technology has, in many ways, sabotaged us. Facebook and its ilk aren't the solution to loneliness. The author's solution is to compromise a little, open human lines of communication, and leave Bridget Jones in the pages of her books.
The New York Post reported today that thin couples have hotter sex lives, according to a recent Readers Digest poll. Forty-five percent of men and 46 percent of women believed that losing weight would improve their sex lives. I can’t say I’m completely surprised, although one quote in particular really stood out: “Twenty-six percent of women who are overweight would much rather eat live bugs than let their partner watch them walk out of a well-lit room naked.” Eek.
I would like to please you and/ or have an orgasm. From The Associated Press By Seth Borenstein After exhaustively compiling a list of the 237 reasons why people have sex, researchers found that young men and women get intimate for mostly the same motivations. It's more about lust in the body than a love connection in the heart. College-aged men and women agree on their top reasons for having sex — they were attracted to the person, they wanted to experience physical pleasure and "it feels good," according to a peer-reviewed study in the August edition of Archives of Sexual Behavior. Twenty of the top 25 reasons given for having sex were the same for men and women. Expressing love and showing affection were in the top 10 for both men and women, but they did take a back seat to the clear No. 1: "I was attracted to the person."
From The Sydney Morning Herald By Adele Horin MEN in search of true happiness should steer clear of bimbos and dumb blondes: research shows men are happiest if they marry smart women. Every extra year of education a wife has under her belt significantly increases the chances her husband will report being highly satisfied with life. But Shane Mathew Worner, of the Australian National University's economics program, says it may be that an educated woman's earning power is her biggest asset. In a paper to be presented at the HILDA Survey Research conference this week, he says "the higher the education level of the wife, the happier the husband is." The study is based on a sample of more than 5000 Australians drawn from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey.